Friday, 21 July 2017

Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology

Change the world by design. The first ever Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology (EDIT) is coming to Toronto September 28 to October 8, 2017. EDIT is a 150,000-square-foot immersive experience that envisions a world transformed by unparalleled design, innovation and technology solutions to create Prosperity For All, through the four pillars Educate, Nourish, Shelter/Cities and Care.  Children will have the opportunity to experience the power of design first hand through special curated youth programming. Hands on activities include everything from a Drone Zone, which explores how drones can be used to deliver medical supplies to off-grid communities and Charlie’s Freewheels bike repair lessons (the main method of transportation for many third world communities, which will be displayed by World Bicycle Relief) to innovative cooking classes, which will teach students how to make everything from gushers to liquid nitrogen ice cream. Produced by Design Exchange, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this groundbreaking festival will ignite conversations through an array of curated exhibits, compelling talks and inspiring installations. Inviting some 100,000 visitors to East Harbour (formerly Unilever soap factory) in Toronto's Port Lands, EDIT challenges visitors and participants to consider how we can make the world a better place. Together. @editdx #editdx

Friday, 24 March 2017

Canadian Teacher Wins $1,000,000 Global Teacher Prize 2017

Maggie MacDonnell, who teaches at the Ikusik School in Salluit, a remote innuit village in the Canadian Arctic, is the winner of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2017. Now in its third year, the US $1 million award is the largest prize of its kind, and was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.

After completing her Masters degree, Maggie MacDonnell sought out opportunities to teach in indigenous communities in Canada, and for the last six years has been a teacher in the Canadian Arctic. There are tremendous gender issues in the Inuit region of Nunavik where teenage pregnancies are common and gender roles often burden young girls with large domestic duties. Also, in areas of high deprivation, isolation and limited resources, some teenagers turn to drinking, smoking, drugs and self-harm as forms of escape and release. There is also a high rate of suicideMaggie’s approach has been about turning students from “problems” to “solutions.” She has created a life skills program specifically for girls which has seen a 500 per cent improvement in girls’ registration. Maggie has also dramatically improved school attendance by getting her students involved in running a community kitchen, attending suicide prevention training and hiking through national parks to understand environmental stewardship. Maggie also established a fitness centre that has become a hub for youth and adults in the local community. It is relieving stress, helping young people grow stronger physically and mentally and bringing the whole community together in a profound and lasting way. Maggie has also been a temporary foster parent in the community, including to some of her own students.
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

French Summer Institutes at UBC

July 10 – 27, French Summer Institutes at UBC. All BC certified teachers and some French Immersion or Dual-track school staff may qualify for a bursary covering tuition and some travel expenses. For more information and to apply for a bursary, visit, email or call toll-free 1-866-528-7485.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


The Canadian Women’s Foundation and advertising agency Havas have joined forces to help strengthen girls’ confidence through #GirlPowered, a national campaign that empowers girls to challenge limiting stereotypes and sexist messages in advertising by using their voices. This campaign was created on the premise that every day girls are faced with advertising telling them how to think, dress and act. These constant reminders can affect their mental health – girls aged 9 to 13 experience a sharp decline in confidence and higher rates of depression than younger girls. The campaign features a powerful video of several girls creating a #GirlPowered message and having it displayed to their surprise in real-time on a jumbo screen in Yonge-Dundas Square. To ensure that other girls have the same experience, young women across Canada can go to and create their own positive #GirlPowered message and share it on social media. Seeing these words amplified to the world demonstrates that each girl’s voice matters.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Accessibility and Inclusive Education

Educators today are faced with the challenge of integrating technology into the classroom and teaching students of all learning styles and abilities, including those with accessibility needs. By providing accessible technology in the classroom, students with a wide-range of learning styles are given equal education opportunities. Find out how seven Canadian teachers have successfully incorporated personalized learning in the classroom at: Microsoft is dedicated to building accessibility into its products and to providing accessibility resources for educators, fostering learning for all. To encourage tech familiarity and adoption, Microsoft has launched a series of free Accessibility Workshops for educators across the country. For more details visit: A free educators resource is also available:

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Awards for Canadian Teachers

A number of national and provincial/territorial awards are given to Canadian teachers each year to recognize their outstanding dedication or innovative contributions to the field of education. For more information see the "Other Teaching Awards" link on the Prime Minister's Awards website.

Canadian School Calendar

The Canadian Education Association prepares a school calendar each year, which is free online, download here. The School Calendar provides all opening and closing dates for primary and secondary schools in every Canadian province and territory.